When to Skip the Primary Care Physician and Go Straight to a Physical Therapist

Did you know that starting with physical therapy first can save you thousands of dollars? Physical therapy helps by addressing harmful movement issues early that, left untreated, often lead to bigger more expensive medical interventions in the future. Instead of reflexively spending hundreds of dollars on unnecessary medical doctor visits, or worse, ignoring your pain because of expensive healthcare costs, start with a visit to a doctor of physical therapy first, for all your back, joint, or muscle issues. If you're experieincing some of these symptoms, you can request a consultation to see if it makes sense to skip a primary cary physician and go right to a specliast:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Work injuries
  • Shoulder pain (tendonitis/bursitis, impingement, instability)
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Knee pain (tendonitis, patella femoral tracking, IT band syndrome)
  • Sciatica
  • Foot and ankle pain (plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, bunions)
  • Dislocations

In general, you should start with a visit to a doctor of physical therapy first, for back, joint, or muscle issues. If you're still not sure, don't worry—your health is our biggest priority. If you do need to see a specialist, we know the best physicians in the area so we can help you take the guesswork out of choosing which doctor you should see.

 

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